Sandra Morais Cardoso holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc and a PhD in Cell Biology. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Research Scientist at Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, where she co-heads the research group ‘Metabolism and Quality Control Group’. Her research interests are focused on the impact of mitochondrial dysfunction on microtubule-dependent traffic and quality control mechanisms, namely macroautophagy and the ubiquitin proteasomal system, in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. She is the co-author of more than 83 publications (papers and chapter books) with an h factor of 35 and over 7513 citations. She has supervised 3 post-doc, 5 PhD students and 8 MSc students. She is/was a PI or a member of research team, with funding attributed, of different scientific projects with 500.000,00 Euros of funding. Sandra Morais Cardoso was distinguished with with the Silver Medal for research achievements, from the Portuguese Ministry of Health (2013) and with the Janssen Neuroscience Award from Janssen Pharmaceutics (2014). Currently she has active collaboration with Russell H Swerdlow from Kansas University, USA and Marcia C. Haigis from Harvard Medical School, USA.